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  • One thing that is never regretted is a kindness, whether received or given.

  • It isnít necessarily an insult when someone says that weíre incompetent, as each of is incompetent in far more ways than in which we are competent.

  • When we receive an organ transplant, there is always rejection if certain medicines arenít used to prevent such; it is unfortunate that there isnít a medicine to take to prevent rejection of a new idea merely because it was unwelcome when thrust into our awareness.

  • It is easy to see how misinterpretations arise when anything is taken out of context, but if we consider what we are and what we say, we, as well as whatever we say, are always taken out of the larger context of our lives. Thus, it is easy to see why misinterpretations of others and what they say so often divides us instead of uniting us.

  • Living should be like painting in that one has a blank canvas where anything, be it whim or inspiration, can be put upon it, however today, most of us paint only if first given a kit to ďPaint-By-NumbersĒ.

  • Many times it seems rational to wonder if perhaps the chimpanzee didnít really evolve from man.

  • The miraculous mastery of mankind over so many of the conditions that have produced so much human misery in the past has enabled us to now be miserable over smaller and smaller things, and at times miserable over nothing at all.

  • Our heartstrings are often attached to our purse strings, and with many they are one.

  • One should note that when a candle is burnt at both ends, that most of the candle drips away to the benefit no one, the same as a life is also spent.

  • We would be much less concerned about what others think of us if we only knew how seldom they do.

  • Death compensates for its singularity by its lengthiness.

  • A wise person takes the risks that are more than compensated by the likelihood of succeeding and how rich the reward. An ordinary person that takes a risk tends to focus only on the size of the reward. A fool ignores both and focuses only on personal fears and desires regardless of how unlikely the success or small the reward.

  • If you want to remember something, just focus on it and do your best to forget it.

  • Nothing so slows our aging as inhaling an atmosphere richly scented with love.

  • We are not made more by the acclaim of others or less by their adverse judgments.

  • The longest lasting monuments to man arenít made of matter but of ideas. The Archimedes Principle, although developed twenty-two centuries after the Great Pyramid of Cheops, will still be around and unaltered long after that pyramid crumbles into a pile of gravel.

  • Be slow to judge harshly any calamity, because many calamities redirect us in directions that are much more fulfilling than the original.

  • As we generally walk where we are looking, so also do our lives usually go where we focus our interests; for this reason we need to be cautious on what we focus at length.

  • Glory is a perishable commodity; glory older than ten years is long dead and best buried in its grave lest it in turn bores others to death.

  • Few things reveal our true character more than when we gain sudden wealth.

  • Temper is one thing that when itís lost it is still where it was.

  • Marriage is more than a document; it is a pledge of two to become one for the remainder of their lives, and exists even in the absence of a document.

  • More blessings seem to be heaped on those that already feel blessed. Blessings seem to flee from those that fail to recognize the blessings that they already possess.

  • If ďAll the worldís a stage.Ē Who and where is the audience?


  • In trying to solve lifeís problems, no one thing probably interferes more than our emotions, as emotions prevent the reasoning of which we are capable. Solving problems is done with reasoning, not emotions. This is most obvious when extremes of fear and desire overwhelm our reason almost entirely, causing us to make choices that lead to calamity.

  • It would seem that there isnít an alternative in life because emotions tend to spring up spontaneously and often without any hint or warning. There are many circumstances where this canít be prevented, but most of lifeís problems can be solved without encountering oneís disruptive emotions if one only develops a plan to deal with those problems that have some predictability.

  • For instance, there are few problems so needing a solution as finding a suitable lifelong partner to share oneís life with in order to avoid the emotionally crushing divorce that is so common today. If one would first establish what criteria in another that would be needed, in order to be most probably satisfying for the rest of oneís life, one could set about looking for someone likely to fulfill those needs. Once found, then that is the time to fall in love. If one first falls in love, the desires of love tend to obliterate any awareness of the needs that are likely to be crucial in a long-term relationship. This is contrary to the popular notions of love, but it isnít contrary to having a lifelong happy marriage. We should always remember that our passions and fears blind us to even the most obvious needs for using reason.

  • It is well documented that emotions are extremely destructive in making investment decisions. In fact, if one can detect any emotion when considering an investment, one would be better off finding another investment. An investment plan is essential to long-term investing success, but few develop a plan, and those that do are often quick to abandon their plan when the predictable failure occurs, as no plan produces profits all of the time.

  • But, one might ask how a plan can be made without emotions being present at the planning. After all, one must first have a desire for an outcome, or the fear of an outcome for a particular plan to be chosen. This is true, but this should be the end of emotional involvement in planning. After that, choices should only be made by employing reasoning in choosing the alternatives that are most likely to achieve ones goals. Once the goal has been achieved, then that will be the time to ďpop the corkĒ on oneís emotions.

  • To those that are accustomed to being emotional through most of the day, this approach may seem cold and unfeeling, and they are correct when it comes to solving problems, however most of oneís day is isnít usually spent solving problems but interacting with others, at which time emotions and spontaneity are usually valued. But those that are emotional should reflect on the emotional consequences of failing in achieving lifeís most important goals. The emotional person is usually more devastated than others, and this is the main reason why emotional people are more likely to have a life full of positive emotions if they would just use reason and planning where problem solving is most needed.


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